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Drug Trial for Duchenne Suspended Over Safety Concerns

January 27, 2016 11:43 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Duchenne is a rare genetic disorder with no cure that causes muscles to weaken over time. Read more...

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Chantix No Better Than Nicotine Patches, Study Suggests

January 27, 2016 11:04 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

The smoking-cessation drug, Chantix, did not show benefits over other cessation aids, like nicotine patches and lozenges, at helping people quit, according to a recent study in JAMA. Read more...

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Research Begins into Possibility of a Vaccine for Zika Virus

January 27, 2016 9:41 am | by Lauren Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government is beginning research into a possible vaccine for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that is suspected of causing an unusual birth defect as it spreads in Latin America. Don't expect protection anytime soon - vaccine development typically takes years. Read more...

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Edited Stem Cells Offer Hope of Precision Therapy for Blindness

January 27, 2016 9:36 am | by University of Iowa | News | Comments

Using a new technology for repairing disease genes--the much-talked-about CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing--University of Iowa researchers working together with Columbia University Medical Center ophthalmologists have corrected a blindness-causing gene mutation in stem cells derived from a patient. Read more...

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Task Force Urges Doctors to Screen All Adults for Depression

January 27, 2016 9:21 am | by Lauren Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

All adults, including pregnant women and new mothers, should be screened for depression as a routine part of health care, a government advisory group recommended Tuesday. Read more...

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Oxford Spinout Orbit Discovery Launches Peptide-Discovery Platform

January 27, 2016 9:14 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

Orbit Discovery will establish a screening platform to identify robust peptide drug candidates for both internal industry drug discovery programs and via collaborative research. Read more...

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Pharmacists Key to Detecting CKD in At-Risk Patients

January 27, 2016 9:08 am | by Canadian Pharmacists Association | News | Comments

Pharmacists who screened at-risk patients for chronic kidney disease (CKD) found previously unrecognized disease in 1 of every 6.4 patients tested, according to a study to be published in the January/February 2016 issue of the Canadian Pharmacists Journal. Read more...

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The Latest: Zika Case Detected in Arkansas Traveler

January 27, 2016 9:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest on the fight against the Zika virus that health officials suspect is linked to a wave of birth defects in Brazil. Read more...

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Biosimilar Drugs Get Boost as U.K. Cost Agency Backs Use

January 27, 2016 9:00 am | by Ben Hirschler, Reuters | News | Comments

Cheaper "biosimilar" copies of expensive biotech drugs received a boost in Britain on Tuesday. Read more...

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FDA Reviewing Data Related to Drug Used in Fatal Study in France

January 27, 2016 9:00 am | News | Comments

The study had focused on BIA 10-2474, an investigational new drug (IND) manufactured by Portuguese company Bial. Read more...

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Galapagos Bowel Disease Drug Fails in Trial

January 26, 2016 11:59 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

Belgian biotech group Galapagos said Tuesday its experimental drug to treat ulcerative colitis had failed to beat placebo in a Phase 2a study, called ORIGIN, and that the company will terminate its clinical development of the candidate, GLPG1205. Read more...

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Sanders Becomes 3rd Senator to Block Obama's Pick for FDA

January 26, 2016 10:58 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is blocking President Barack Obama’s nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration, the third senator to do so. Read more...

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Bubble Technique Could Create Type 1 Diabetes Therapy

January 26, 2016 10:44 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Previous treatments for this disease have involved injecting beta cells from dead donors into patients to help their pancreas generate healthy-insulin cells. Read more...

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Microscopic Drug 'Depots' Boost Efficacy Against Tumors in Animal Model

January 26, 2016 10:10 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Biomedical engineering researchers have developed a technique for creating microscopic "depots" for trapping drugs inside cancer tumors. In an animal model, these drug depots were 10 times more effective at shrinking tumors than the use of the same drugs without the depots. Read more...

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Are We Ready for a Blood Test for Cancer?

January 26, 2016 10:01 am | by Nicholas Weiler, UCSF | News | Comments

Liquid biopsy shows promise, researchers say, but techniques still need more development. Read more...

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